[COMM-ORG] Accountability and White Anti-racist Organizing: Book Announcement

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  From: Larry Yates <llyates at shentel.net>

Accountability and White Anti-racist Organizing : Stories from Our Work

Edited by Bonnie Berman Cushing, with Lila Cabbil, Margery Freeman, Jeff 
Hitchcock, and Kimberley Richards

Publisher: Crandall, Dostie & Douglass Books, Inc.

Pages: 256

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-1-934390-32-0

Pub. Date: November 1, 2010 (Now available from the publisher, on 
Amazon, or ask your local bookstore to carry it.)

Description: A growing number of white people are working for racial 
justice, but experienced organizers caution that, to be effective, white 
activists need to develop accountable relationships with people of 
color. Though easy to understand in concept, this advice is sometimes 
more difficult to apply in practice.

Now a select group of white-identified anti-racist organizers from 
around the country tell personal stories and offer lessons from their 
everyday experiences that reveal how the notion of accountability 
informs their work. Eleven chapters offer a panorama of personal styles, 
perspectives, organizing traditions and approaches. Locations range from 
post-Katrina New Orleans to the New York City school system, from a 
Washington, DC-based advocacy group to a faith community in Seattle.

The stories describe cutting edge work, available to a larger audience 
for the first time. Through the eyes of seasoned activists, readers 
learn practical approaches and best practices, identify mistakes and 
pitfalls to avoid, and understand how they might participate in the 
growing multiracial movement for racial justice.

For the reader not yet inclined to join the work, the book documents a 
rising social phenomenon. Some white people are moving beyond limited 
and simplistic models of colorblindness, diversity and multiculturalism 
to developing accountable relationships with people of color.



Ronald Chisom

Editors’ Preface


Bonnie Berman Cushing and Jeff Hitchcock

Pulling Back the Veil: Lessons from Post-Levee-Break New Orleans

Jacqui “Adhi” Hermer

Rhyme and Reason: The Making of a White Antiracist Rap Group

Jeb Aram Middlebrook

 From Within: Practicing White Antiracism in Public Schools

Christine Schmidt

A Case Study: Professional Advocates Can Be Accountable to People of Color

Larry Yates

Burning Deep Inside: Anti-racist Accountability in a Faith Community

Gillian Burlingham

White Antiracist Organizing in a Social Service Agency: Lessons Learned 
and Unlearned

Benjamin G. Kohl, Jr. and Lisa V. Blitz

Resistance in Brooklyn: Accountability for Anti-Imperialist Action

Matt Meyer

‘Passing It On’: Reflections of a White Anti-Racist Solidarity Organizer

Sharon Martinas with Mickey Ellinger

Liberated Narratives: Being Accountable for Self, Friendship, and Community

The Alliance for Racial and Social Justice

Powerful Partnerships: Transformative Alliance Building

Shelly Tochluk and Cameron Levin, AWARE-LA/RJA

The European Dissent Accountability Statement

Members of European Dissent


Bonnie Berman Cushing

Contact: Jeff Hitchcock

245 West Fourth Avenue

Roselle, NJ 07203-1135

Publisher at CDDbooks.com

Phone: (908) 241-5439

Fax: (908) 245-4972

Provided to colist by Larry Yates, Winchester VA, llyates at shentel.net

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